Inspired to Just Do Good!

“I have spent nearly 200 days in hospital. (almost 100 days in 2007 alone.) During this time; I was sick, misdiagnosed, operated on, had IV drips 24/7, and at stages was offered no hope or cure. I used visualisation, optimism and my passion for the ocean and life to overcome, survive and get out of hospital. I was lucky, I had something to live for! “ My Full Story here: ALL-HEART

In April 2016, as a middle aged, multiple cardiac surgery survivor, on the blood thinner warfarin, I sailed a tiny children’s Optimist dinghy over 200 Km in the open ocean. This represented each day I had  spent in hospital. My aim was to show people that small people can do big things.  We inspired patients,  kids and others to never ever give up, and we raised R300 000 for The New ICU at Red Cross Children’s Hospital.   Be a part of the journey and watch the trailer– HERE

Mission: To inspire many, raise funds for those in need, and to just Do Good!

Optimist (noun): definition = An optimist is a person who engages in positive thinking, or “looking on the bright side” of things. Optimism is the outlook that good things will happen, even if the situation may not appear totally positive at the moment.

An Optimist Dinghy: definition = The Optimist is a small (8 foot by 3.5 foot), single-handed sailing dinghy intended for use by children up to the age of 15. The Optimist (Opi) is known as a small Childs sailing dinghy, a bit of toy rather than a yacht. 

I want to use this Little Optimist children’s sailing dinghy as a metaphor and a vehicle to connect with kids, to promote positive thinking and belief, and to create a passion and purpose to overcome obstacles in life.

Through my work with children and The Children’s Hospital Trust, I have seen that many sick and scared kids (and everyday people)  have very little to fight and live for. They have no passion and no desire to get well and leave hospital, or even just to lead an inspired life.  As a child, I lacked confidence, had bad acne, was a poor student and  was bullied. Using my life changing experiences and adventures and with the backing of Warwick Wealth, I aim to inspire these kids to survive and thrive.  


The Little Optimist Inspires Herzlia Middle School

2 August 2016 The kids, parents and teachers packed the hall to hear about how little people can do big things and how being fine is actually fantastic! Close on 400 grade 7 to 9 students laughed and sighed as the story of survival and doing good unfolded. The...
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The Painting Of The Red Cross Childrens Hospital Is Complete!

The painting of the facade of the Red Cross Children's Hospital is complete! Take a look at the behind the scenes footage of what went into this project and how the public came together to make this happen....
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Talk Testimonial | St Cyprians Girls School PTA Luncheon

From: Belinda Traverso Sent: Wednesday To: Subject: Inspirational! "Hey Greg I just wanted to say that I loved you talk yesterday! It was really inspirational. I didn’t realise that you had been through your heart surgery twice – very...
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The Little Optimist On The Expresso Morning Show

31st May 2017 - Big wave surfer and former South African lifesaving Surf Ski Champion, Greg Bertish, has written ‘the Little Optimist’ – A children’s book about a little boat with a big...
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Two Oceans Aquarium Talk | Testimonial

"I must be honest.  I have never heard a more powerful and perfect  talk than I heard tonight from Greg. He reduced me completely. It was the most inspirational and powerful talk I have heard in many years, and I love powerful talks. Greg, ... respect." Ian Klopper...
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Childrens Book Testimonial | Professor Wayne Derman

Dear Greg, sitting at Dario and have just read your book! Absolutely fantastic! So inspirational and beautiful and imparts great wisdom. I will be in U.S.A. So will miss your launch unfortunately but Nadine and Josh will be there. Best of luck with the launch and...
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Book Testimonial | Jennifer Koopmans

"Your beautiful little book just made me cry 😊 what a special special book❤ you may be very proud of your little optimist! Jennifer Koopmans ( Boston USA) - Mom of two boys
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Valley Pre-Primary | Loving The Optimist Book!

Kids at Valley Pre-primary reading , discussing and loving the little Optimist...
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